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>>> up next on a second look, celebrating the life of dr. martin luther king and remembering the dark days of 1968 when americans saw not one but two great hopes for the nation assassinated. >>> also a white man raised in the segregated south with a lifetime dedicated to racial equality. >>> one small act of defiance led to one great movement for dignity. how the nation remembered rosa parks as she was laid to rest. >>> plus a look at great speeches that made an impact on history. >>> tomorrow is the day we celebrate the life of martin luther king jr. an event that shook the nation to its foundation and brought civil rights to the forefront of that year's presidential campaign. a gunman would assassinate reverent king then two months later, robert f. kennedy was shot and killed on the night he won the california primary. george watson brought us this report back in 1988. 20 years after the king assassination. >> like anybody i would like to live a long life, longevity has its place. but i'm not concerned about that now. i just want to do god's will. and he's allowed me to go
there was three of us. now sometimes children you don't think of dr. martin luther king jr. as a child but he was really a child and grew up just like you, and so that's why i wanted to write this book. the book is entitled" my brother martin." it has lots of illustrations in it. i hope that you will have a chance to get to see the book more closely. ok. so this is part of it. a sister remembers. the sister, of course, is me. ok. the book starts out -- i will arche some words that martine some more of the martin said and the march i have a dream that one day little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with the little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. i have a dream today. that's what he said in washington, d.c. at the lincoln memorial. ok. the book starts out and it has a picture of me. now when i wrote this book, i envisioned that i would be reading to children just like you, and the reason i thought of that is because my grandmother and my aunt lived in the home with us and many times they would baby-sit for my mother and father and they would sit and read
, the inauguration also comes on the federal holiday in honor of dr. martin luther king, jr., who delivered his "i have a dream" speech 50 years ago, not far from here at the lincoln memorial. later in our special coverage, we will air excerpts of some of dr. king's less often played speeches, including "beyond vietnam." why he opposed the war in vietnam. but first, we turn to some of the voices of hope and resistance from sunday night's piece ball. not affiliated with any political party, the celebration at the mead center for american theater paid tribute to the continuing struggle for peace and justice here in the united states and throughout the world. we begin with naacp president benjamin jealous. >> this is the place to be tonight. the challenge for our country was never to see the day when a person of color would be president, know the challenge for our country was to ensure that it would be safe for it to happen again and again. we knew it could be condoleezza rice. it could be colin powell. but we got barack obama. we got a man who was a product of a progressive movement. as we stand her
into office for a second time on martin luther king someday. the president took the oath with our hand on dr. king's bible. a congressional source tells nbc news the king family asked the president and chief justice roberts to sign the king family bible. after lunch, the president stopped in the capitol rotunda to look at the mlk bust. there's a reason this photo shopped picture is making the rounds today. that's coming up. stay with us. twins. i didn't see them coming. i have obligations. cute obligations, but obligations. i need to rethink the core of my portfolio. what i really need is sleep. introducing the ishares core, building blocks for the heart of your portfolio. find out why 9 out of 10 large professional investors choose ishares for their etfs. ishares by blackrock. call 1-800-ishares for a prospectus which includes investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. read and consider it carefully before investing. risk includes possible loss of principal. [ bop ] [ bop ] [ bop ] you can do that all you want, i don't like v8 juice. [ male announcer ] how about v8 v-fusion. a full
on the same day the nation pauses to remember civil rights legend and icon dr. martin luther king jr.. two men, two very different dreams forever linked. it is monday january 21st inauguration day and good morning. thank you for joining fox 5 special coverage. i'm allison seymour. >> i'm tony perkins. we are broadcasting from our temporary fox 5 studios high atop the canadian embassy. it's a beautiful building and a beautiful view. we are blocks from where all the accident gets underway. we will bring it all to you live all morning long as we mentioned earlier. this is president obama's 4th oath of office. he took his third yesterday. we'll show you a little bit of that. >> chief justice john roberts administered the oath. the president has two swearing in ceremonies because inauguration day fell yesterday. he had two of the first time around because he and justice roberts flood their lines during the public ceremony. >> vice president joe biden was also sworn in yesterday morning just as he administered his oath at the naval observatory. >> today's oaths will take place just before the noon h
in abraham lincoln's inauguration another belonging to dr. martin luther king jr. who we honor today. the president referenced the slain civil rights leader prominently in the remarks. he took on gay rights and immigration and entitlements and the deep political divide across our nation. first to the parade route. john roberts will travel with the parade along pennsylvania avenue if the technical gods allow it. john, good afternoon. >> so far the gods are with us. if we could spin the camera over here a little bit you can see the east front of the capitol the president will join the motorcade coming out of the driveway from the east front to the constitution avenue. this will be in the next hour and a half to two hours. the parade is 1.5 mile long including a mix of civilian and military contributions, mostly marching bands and a lost floats that will be brought in from the civilian side of things something implemented in 1841 by william henry harrison. you will know he liked to do things big. he had the longist inaugural address of anyone at two hours in horrible weather and he did
of dr. martin luther king jr. by giving back. >>> as you heard earlier today was billed as the national day of service. something president obama started four years ago. it's a salute to volunteerism and the spirit of giving back. nbc's ron mott covered it and joins us from lafayette park from across the white house. >> reporter: good morning, lester. monday is also inauguration day and also the mlk holiday. today president obama kicked off his inaugural festivities by honoring dr. martin luther king jr. two days before the eyes of the world are focused on him, today president obama sought to fix the country's collective gaze on martin luther king jr.'s legacy on this national day of service, sprucing up a washington elementary school with the first family, while the vice president and his family helped load goodies bound for fighting service members, veterans and first responders. >> i'm always reminded that he said, everybody wants to be first. everybody wants to about drum major, but if you're going to be a drum major, be a drum major for service, be a drum major for justice, be a dr
next, honoring dr. martin luther king junior. one of the largest celebrations held today in san francisco. >> and no holiday for the chp. >> we're heading to a town 49ers quarterback now put on the map. hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol as part of a heart healthy diet. that's true. ...but you still have to go to the gym. ♪ the one and only, cheerios ...and now... you! [ giggles ] ♪ the one and only, cheerios >>> largest bay area bathering to honor dr. martin luther king junior was held today that. is where we heather. >> at center stage, leaders read excerpts of the writing autos one day right there in alabama, little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little whilt boys and little white girls as sisters and brothers. >> the reverend bring morz than average connection to the legacy. his mother was a young schoolteacher when she marched with king in alabama. today, it's an emotional one for her. >> it's just overwhelming to see how far we've come what. we've accomplished you know? we have a ways to go. >> there is still injustice a
. okay, but you met dr. martin luther king, jr. it was kind of an unexpected meeting because the first job was at a radio station. you were doing the traffic and -- . >> yes, i was working the black operated programs. he was a friend of our national salesmen, when wasn't there to do an event. he was there to it is and relax and find a moment to be quiet and i was the traffic manager. i kept the commercials going and i always worked late so i was there at night. he would come occasionally to visit his frienders frank clark and i would almost always be there and the single day was when frank walked in with dr. king and he said you nomar tin, don't new i said no, i don't nomar tin. of course there were many occasions where i covered him on actual events. >> >> and you said you were on the phone with bill, your husband, right? >> yes. >> you said bill, you will never guess who is here! >> yes. [ laughing ] >> martin luther king talked about a dream. >> he did. >> you have never in my wildest dream in the book. and there are people now who have dream to do things. maybe their dreams ha
and will use one of dr. martin luther king's bibles during the ceremony toda oh, really? >> the family was just thrilled he was gonna be doing this. so on this day that we honor martin luther king. >> again, you are looking at live pictures. even though they are not expecting as big a crowd there, we're still estimating about 800,000 people will be in the mall in washington, d.c. for this public inauguration of president obama in washington, d.c. >>> we just wanted to bring you all of that excitement live. we are minutes away from the festivities. >> all right. there's this island -- and it's got super-cute kangaroos. barrow island has got rare kangaroos. ♪ chevron has been developing energy here for decades. we need to protect their environment. we have a strict quarantine system to protect the integrity of the environment. forty years on, it's still a class-a nature reserve. it's our job to look after them. ...it's my job to look after it. ♪ >>> we're just moments away from national coverage of president obama's inauguration some. we're looking at live pictures. that's his vehicl
. martin luther king. >> didn't you see the tuskegee airmen float that pays tribute to the african-american soldiers and the first military aviators to fight in a war. >> reporter: a rep apply day of the p-51 that they flew. >> they helped win the war and preserve our freedom that we have today. i don't want people to forget that. >> reporter: along with the eight official floats there are 11 others commissioned by groups marching in the parade including nasa. look out for full size models of the curiosity mars rover and orion. >> the astronauts will be riding in that on the next mission. we have four, five, six astronauts in the parade along with that. passersby delighted to get up close with these works of art ahead of the big day. it helps teach her granddaughter about president theism. >> the beauty is that we can explain to her some of the scenes that are for parents and those that have gone before us has done in order to afford us the privilege of all of what we are observing right now. >> reporter: lauren demarco, fox 5 news. >>> well, not a bad day today. we don't have many
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's bible was the traveling bible of the rev. dr. martin luther king, jr. >> so help you god? me god. congratulations, mr. president. >> brown: this was the fourth time the chief justice and presidenhaddone this together. in 2009 they had to re-do the oath at the white house after roberts stumbled over some of the words in the public ceremony and president obama was officially sworn in for his second term yesterday in a private ceremony at the white house to meet the constitutional requirement that the oath be taken on january 20. today the president began his second inaugural address with a nod to the country's founding doctrines. >> each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our constitution. we affirm the promise of our democracy. we recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. what makes us exceptional, what makes us american is our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago: we hold these truths to be self-e
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as a historian to the life and legacy of dr. martin luther king jr.. what prompted you to write the book this way? >> guest: well, i wanted to write about the martin luther king anniversary and 50 years of my life that came to light and his legacy and life coincides with my coming-of-age. so part of it was to move those two tasks. i felt my life have been connected to the king legacy and yet i felt that there was something about my life that needed to be told in order to understand how king impacted me. and how i got involved in this journey of editing kinks papers. >> host: it's an excellent read and you and i are of the same generation and i too was coming-of-age in the 60s. and the book i must say was bittersweet for me because i guess week because they knew dr. came. he was my mentor and i knew in the last two years of my life in bitter because of the way he was taken from us because of racial hatred in this country and i guess we can start at the beginning he caused at the beginning of your book you are run the mall with dr. came and ere the end of your book you are on the mall again 50 year
your life and cover new insights as a historian from the life and legacy of dr. martin luther king, jr.. what prompted you? >> guest: it is the 50th anniversary and it is 50 years of mine life of the king legacy and to my coming of age. part of it was to do the to tasks. that my life had been connected to the keying legacy -- king legacy and how king impacted me and i was involved with this amazing journey of editing king's papers. >> host: it is an excellent reid and we are of the same generation and i was also coming of age. it was bittersweet because i knew dr. king he was my mentor. but bitter because the way he was taken from us because of racial hatred. we can start at the beginning the kids you're on the mall with dr. king and at the end you were there again with 50 years later with the monument you help to design. >> guest: and coming back for important occasions. i only lived in washington a short time but the mall had a great symbolic meaning and sentimental. >> host: it is a beautiful city. 19 years ago, the march on washington where he gave the speech i have a dream. how di
your life, and you also cover new insights as a historian to the life and legacy of dr. martin luther king, jr.. what prompted you to write the book this way? >> guest: well, i wanted to write something for the anniversary and this is 50 years of my life and king's legacy and my life coincides with my coming of age, so part of it was to do those two tasks. i felt that my life had been connected to the king legacy, and i felt there was something about my life that needed to be told to understand how king impacted me and how i got involved in this amazing journey of editing team newspapers. >> host: its an excellent reading and you and buy your of the same generation, and why too was coming of age in the 60's. the book i might say was bittersweet to me because i knew dr. king, i knew him the last two years of his life and i am bitter because of the way that he was taken from us because of hatred in this country. i guess we can start at the beginning because the beginning of the but you were on the mall with dr. king and near the end you are near the mall again 50 years later with a monu
the oath of office in 2009. the president will be sworn in using what is described as dr. martin luther king's personal bible. it traveled with dr. king when he traveled across our nation. and performing, of course, is an honor. the ultimate honor for any kind of band. repeat performance for the isirettes. this iowa drill team features fancy foot work. they performed for senator obama at a 2000 campaign event, and earned an invitation to his first inauguration. and they say it means a lot to be asked back. >> to be able to do it a second time, that means he understood us on a personal way and it's just -- it's mesmerizing. >> yes, nice to be asked back yet again. and this morning, showing you scenes from washington, d.c., and the astronauts on board the international space station will have this view of the inauguration. the iss crew members captured these images of washington, d.c. yesterday. it shows the potomac, and where the inauguration will be held. coming up, james clyburn will talk about the significance of the president's inauguration, happening today, which is martin luther ki
cho, guys, thanks so very much. that's the dr. martin luther king float going right past the reviewing stand right now. the float's design featuring an image of dr. king and a representation of his quote, out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope. martin luther king jr. float on this martin luther king day. appropriate, appropriate float. as we watch what's going on. there's the president. he's with some of the tuskegee airmen being honored right now. our own fredricka whitfield, by the way, her dad, a tuskegee airman. one of the heroes of world war ii. who went in, fought for all of us against the nazis in europe. did brilliantly, even though they got inferior equipment. they really managed to become heroes. they're being well recognized, as they should be. >> a very special moment, president obama spending time with them. i do notice, it does appear as if the first lady, as well as malia and sasha have gone back into the residence. they seem to have left the reviewing stand. so the president is there. you also see the vice president biden and his family all still there as well.
of the president talking about a conversations you had with dr. martin luther king and of course tomorrow is mlk day. it couldn't be a more appropriate day. i'm sure you would feel for barack obama's second inauguration. but in those conversations with martin luther king, he felt there may be an african-american president, the first black president in the next 40 years. you didn't think it would happen in your lifetime. >> it's -- that's true. i'm so excited. i'm so happy about my country. that we are growing up. >> and how do you think the president -- >> we are moving beyond ignorance. >> right. how do you think. >> sorry? >> how do you think he's done, president obama, in the first term and what would you like him to do more of in his second term? >> well, i think he's done the best he could. i think that there were number of people who as soon as he was elected put their feet down in -- their heels in to the earth and said, no matter what he does, no matter how good he is, i will not support him. i will resist his attempts to make our country better. i think that he was -- i think he was sur
's and the second belonged to reverend leon, b., john f.be kennedy, dr. martin luther king junior or jeremiah wright. that is for you. >> kimberly: i think all the answers are "c" today. >> eric: he was sworn in on two bibles. dana, this is for you. stop cheating. five flags for flown at the capitol today. two of betsy ross colonials and one was the current flag and the other two. do we have a picture of that, by the way? >> kimberly: other two? >> eric: five flags. in the middle is the u.s. flag. and then betsy ross colonials. what are the two straddling the other? state of illinois when admitted to the union? or "b," when the state of hawaii was admitted -- >> greg: never happened. >> eric: "c," washington, d.c., made the capital. or afl-cio. >> dana: one is illinois. >> eric: they are both the united states flag of illinois. who was sworn in, global warming that you like to talk about. who is sworn in with the warmest temperature at the inauguration? >> greg: ronald reagan. >> eric: bill clinton. abraham lincoln. >> greg: 55-degrees. >> eric: coldest? it wasn't al gore. >> greg: i have a trivia q
of service four years ago as a way to honor the spirit of dr. martin luther king jr.'s work. and our suzanne malveaux is at the national service event on the national mall. good morning to you. what have you seen there so far this morning? >> reporter: good morning. i guess i got a little lucky here. i was told i was going to be outdoors, but i'm inside this warm, beautiful tent. there are hundreds of people who are here gathered all to learn about community service. in this tent now, you might be hearing or even able to see if you've got a camera craned on the gospel great yolanda adams who's performing now. she's one of many of the superstars who have gathered here to call awareness to the importance of veering. now earl -- volunteering. now earlier we saw eva longoria. she talked about the need and her own foundation to give back to the latino community. we heard about giving back to military families. and then of course one of the co-chairs of this event, chelsea clinton, a lot of people got very excited about her. and she mentioned a couple of things. first of all, she said that she was
for penguins, their hockey team mascot. >>> in honor of dr. martin luther king, jr., students from watkins elementary school in the district recited his "i have a dream" speech on friday. steve jones was there. >> 100 years later, the negroes still are not free. >> you get the land, about all the people, who made your life better. >> -- and some of you have come from areas where quest, quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. >> lots of them came from areas where they wanted to be free, but the people got in their way. >> let freedom ring from the snow-capped rockies of colorado! >> let freedom ring from california! >> let freedom ring from the stoney mountains of georgia! >> this is so important for the kids to really know their history, where they came from and why they are able to go to the schools that they go to. >> it was really inspiring to see, to do it, because i know that a great man once said these words. >> and when this happens, when we allow freedom to ring, when we allow it to ring from every village, ev
first inauguration. the ore belonged to dr. martin luther king jr. >> the greater hope is that the nation, particularly congress, derives inspiration from what my father and his ideals represented. >> president obama gets sworn in during a big ceremony on monday which is also martin luther king day this year. the real inaugural will be held on private on sunday, january 20th. ktvu will have live coverage of the inauguration on sunday. ken pritchett and tori campbell will be in the washington, d.c. >> finally open some time next month. the city's redevelopment agency is overseeing that project to convert a store front into a place where officers can do administrative work. the time table during today's board meeting. the police chief says police presence should help cut down on crime. >> whatever we can do to keep officers in the field. we don't want them to have to go back to the stations so what we'd like is once the officers leave the station the substation station is in the middle of the two. it keeps the officers in on or in the area. >> the space will be available
sharpton has a few tips for them. you definitely want to stick around. >>> and the reverend dr. martin luther king as you've never heard him. the great civil rights leader talking about his work, his fears and his sacrifices in the struggle. you're watching "politics nation" on msnbc. [ male announcer ] house rule number 46. what's good for the pot... is even better for the cup. new single serve cafe collections from maxwell house. now available for use in the keurig k-cup brewer. always good to the last drop. that make kids happy. and even fewer that make moms happy too. with wholesome noodles and bite sized chicken, nothing brings you together like chicken noodle soup from campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. >>> have you joined the "politics nation" conversation on facebook yet? we hope you will. the president's new white house portrait. joy says i love his smile, he looks so confident. we decided to do a poll to see which portrait our fans pref preferred. his first or his new one. and the portrait won in a landslide was the new portrait. 62% of fans liked this one the best. 6
be a curse. that's from the xfinity sports desk next. >>> dr. martin luther king's memory and legacy rolls on, literally. hundreds of people rode the annual freedom train today. nbc bay area's joe rosato jr. showed us what made today's march even more special. >> reporter: 25 years ago as the freedom train left san jose for san francisco, 7-year-old melissa cooke was aboard with her grandmother. >> my grandmother, she's always made sure that she's kept us up to date on what's going on in the world. >> reporter: today cooke returned to the train for the first time since. she wanted to experience the celebration of martin luther king jr. as an adult while honoring her grandma. >> a lot of what she did for me, opening my eyes to the world around me made me the person i am today. >> reporter: for many this is about remembering the people who paved the way and no one, they said, has as wide a path as dr. king. >> he was surrounded with by violence, but he always would opt for -- >> reporter: honoring king in the civil rights movement has taken place more than 30 years buts as the train reached san
. the national day of to honor civil rights leader dr. martin luther king. 3 the 13th annual martin luther kiig junior arade kicks off downtown at noon.the parade will feattue community marching bands, high-stepping fraternittes and much more. more. amber miller joins us nowwlive from martin luther parade wwlllbeein. 3 p3 at 33 noon.. the paaade 3 at at noon.. the parade will marchh south on martin luther king boulevard endinggat baltimoree street. 3 ááchat with amberáá 3 p3 baltimore street. 33 ending at ,3baltimore street. -3 3 tinseltown comes to charm city... in a new movve out this weekend. weekend..he movie "luvv is the stooy of an eleven-year old boy -- who idolizes his exxconvict uncle. . dennis haysbert andd harles s. duttoo star in the film. dutton is from bbltimore, and both actorr say it was the movie. 3 haysbert says: "we were really under the radar, it was a low- budget film and we deelt with the people in the path, and raaely diddwe have a chance to -3 gooout, but i had work
and legacy of dr. martin luther king and the president called on americans to do the same by helping neighbors in need. around the country an estimated quarter million people did he can exactly that. blocks from the white house they designated ways for people to serve the community regard lgs of age. >> this is a good job to give back to people who need our help. >> you want to give back and have people pay it forward. >> taking saefgs in giving back to others on this national day of service. >> speaking of service the president faces the official t oath of office in the white house. wbal-tv 11 news. >>> come night to be a night to recommend for four u.s. service members. take a look at this. one represented each military branch selected to dance at the inaugural ball. william nelson will dance with the president. the first lady will be joined by marine sergeant timothy easterly. the four were chosen to service accomplishments and leadership. >>> i am excited and nervous. of course i will be in front of thousands of people dancing. i will do my best. >> i was not prepared for all
: and look for an acknowledgement of dr. martin luther king's vision on the day we honor the civil rights leader, a coincidence of timing that's not lost on the nation's first african american president. now, the speech was finalized over the weekend, but the president often makes final word changes up to the very end, and this time was no exception. i'm told that he made tweaks this morning, in fact. the president, i'm told, will speak for under 20 minutes. by reading prior inaugural addresses, he decided the shorter, the better. his last address was just over 18 minutes. his favorite two past inaugurals were kennedy's, which ran just under 14 minutes, and, of course, lincoln's second, which at 700 words, had to be fewer than ten minutes. i'm told president obama had a quiet breakfast with the first lady and his daughters before going to church. anderson? >> let's talk about it with john king and gloria borger. what are you anticipating, john, hearing today? >> i think broad strokes. time to bring the country together. time to get through the tough economic times. i think it will be a ca
the country. but on the matter and, he didn't want to say i won't meet with dr. martin luther king partly because he shared the goal of cutting the voting rights bill. so with the work of was kind of an ego where they said dr. king was officially coming up to meet with the vice president, but they planned to have the president spontaneously call over there and say since you're here what don't you come over and talk to me? so there was a way of dancing around the ego and the political sensitivities on the race issue in this period. c-span: you also told a story about richard russell and lyndon johnson and the warren commission. >> guest: there were lots of those. i have one of the first photographs there as president johnson with his knows about this far away from richard russell, right after he becomes president, telling him you know, i love you. i don't know the exact quote, but you're like a father to me. but i want to give you warning i'm going to pass this civil rights bill. you are my dearest friend but i will run you down if i have to do it and i just wanted you to know that in adva
, fittingly on this day, used by dr. martin luther king jr. the president will celebrate at two inaugural balls, versus the ten held four years ago. even if there's less fanfare, the day will not be without its pomp and circumstance. and star power. katy perry kicked things off at a concert earlier this weekend. ♪ at last >> reporter: and beyonce, whose rendition of edda james' "at last" was a highlight of the 2009 inauguration, will this time perform the national anthem, at the capitol ceremony. who can forget that moment in 2009. again, sasha pointed out, dad did not mess it up. he has one more shot at it. >> that's right, josh. >>> today, a day for poetry. the prose of governing comes next. and jonathan karl at the capitol for that. as the president prepares to deliver his speech, his team is gearing up for a lot of big debates ahead. >> reporter: you can see the presidential podium, still covered in plastic. it is from there that he will deliver one of the most important speeches of his presidency, hoping to set the tone for a second term that his aides say will be every bit as ambi
want everyone to pitch in for the national day of service. which honors dr. martin luther king, junior. and as you see here on the mall, lots of people are turning out to say hello but also to volunteer and to be part of the inaugural excitement. the president took his message online, as well. >> four years ago, my family celebrated inauguration weekend and martin lugar king day by rolling up our sleeves and lending a hand in our community. that's because inaugurations are about more than just celebrating. they're about coming to together to make our country a better place. it was one of the highlights of the weekend and this year we're going to do it again on saturday. >> the president and the first lady who took part in this national day of service. here they are at a washington school earlier today helping volunteers who were staining a book case. john berman very critical of the president's form in painting that book case. you've been rough on him, buddy. speaking of service though, next month, cnn will begin introducing you to heroes who make service a way of life. first take a lo
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